Ms. Chip

Hope Jones can remember the day when, as a kid, she mastered the art of chocolate chip cookies and vowed that someday baking would become more than just a hobby.

Flash forward to 1997: At age 33, Jones, a Rumson native and graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, opened her own bakery, Hope, Faith & Gluttony, in Red Bank, where she sold pies, cookies, cakes, and dessert bars—“items my grandmother would have made,” she says. The bakery, located on Red Bank’s west side, was a success at a time when that part of town was struggling. “I couldn’t keep a pie in the place around Christmas,” she says.

Owning a bakery was exhilarating, but, Jones says, “I was working ten to twelve hours a day and completely burned out. I had no social life.” Jones ended up selling the bakery in 2002.

But Jones wasn’t quite ready to give up. In March 2006, resurrecting the name Hope, Faith & Gluttony, she launched a mail-order company, which offers everything from ganache and zucchini bread to butterscotch blondies and chocolate decadence cake. But she remains partial to that tasty treat that started it all. “Chocolate chip cookies are still my favorite things to make,” she says. “They are so simple, and everyone loves them.” For more information, visit hopefaithandgluttony.com or call 718-706-6616.

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